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    Review: 'Bully' Shifts Blame & Pities The Victims Without Offering Real Solutions To The Problem Of Bullying

    At one point in "Bully," a new documentary about the complex problem of bullying in American high schools, a mother of a bullied high schooler confesses that she feels like both she and her husband have failed their son Alex. He is constantly picked on when he rides the bus to school every...

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    Columbia University Film Festival Goes Retro at Twenty-Five

    New Yorkers this is for you. This year, the Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) celebrates its 25th anniversary with a week-long festival of screenings and dramatic readings. The fest, which is co-presented by the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program and Film Society of Lincoln C...

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    Watch: Charming Trailer For Time-Travel Comedy 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Starring Mark Duplass & Aubrey Plaza

    "The world is mostly full of jankholes," says time traveler Kenneth in the trailer for the Sundance hit "Safety Not Guaranteed." And watching some of the ugly side of humanity come out during this political season (and in the Trayvon Martin saga), we get exactly where he'...

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    Casting Watch: Kirsten Dunst Visits Set of Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring"

    Perennial Sofia Coppola muse Kirsten Dunst and rocker Gavin Rossdale have been spotted on the L.A. set of the writer-director's currently filming "The Bling Ring." That doesn't mean that the star of "Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette" or the rhythm guitarist are necessarily in the movie, althou...

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    The 12 Films With Female Leads To Gross Over $200 Million

    In light of "The Hunger Games," its massive $152 million weekend, and the likelihood that its headed for a $400 million+ final gross, it seemed like a good idea to look at the company its about to join as a rare blockbuster featuring a woman in a lead role.

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    Seth Rogen & Jay Baruchel's 'The Apocalypse' Will Land On June 14, 2013

    The end is coming...and it's going to be hilarious. It seems that the end of the world just isn't the domain for ponderous filmmakers with comedies now taking a crack at the demise of humanity. This summer, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley will face the unknown in "Seeking a Friend for ...

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    Oddly, Tribeca Chooses Studio Tentpole 'Marvel's The Avengers' to Close 2012 Film Festival (Video)

    New York's Tribeca is an odd film festival --without a coherent identity--that embraces indies and Hollywood alike. In what way does Disney/Marvel's upcoming "The Avengers" need to be a festival closing night attraction? It hardly needs a boost: like everyone else on the planet we already want to se...

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    Discuss: Is Allowing Cell Phone Use At The Movies The Way Of The Future?

    We've all had that experience. Sitting down in a theater, and realizing, 30 seconds into the movie, that the person sitting next to you is not going to turn their phone off. They could be texting, tweeting, updating their Facebook status or, worst case scenario, even making a phone call. They may no...

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    Watch: Trailer For Oscar Winner William Joyce's 'Rise Of The Guardians' Debuts

    Today the trailer for "Rise of the Guardians," DreamWorks Animation's big holiday 2012 animated movie, quietly debuted online (courtesy of Hey U Guys). The movie features the voice talents of Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law, and centers around an elite group of child...

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    Cannes 2012 Festival's Cinefondation Short Films Competition Jury Led by Jean-Pierre Dardenne

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne, the Belgian director-writer and Cannes Fest fave (along with brother Luc), who is enjoying the success of arthouse hit "The Kid with a Bike," will preside over this year's Cinéfondation jury, which will select short films from film students.

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